Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Iceland Gull

2CY Iceland Gull, Cottenham Long Drove, 30th January 2008, © Dick Newell
A record shot, using a friend's camera hand held to my scope, but good enough to (hopefully) convince the records committee.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Male Stonechat, Eldernell, January 2008, © Peter Beesley
Stonechats are not that hard to find this winter; this is a welcome development.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Brambling,Girton,21st January 2008 © Garth Peacock
This bird has been visiting my feeders for brief periods for over a month and finally managed to get some photos worth keeping despite the very dark weather.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Brambling, 20th January 2008, Cambridge © Tony Mills

Photo taken through Tony's lounge window - only the second Brambling recorded in his city garden.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Male Blackcap, Cambridge, 12th Jan 2008, © David Heath. It is well worth supplementing nut and seed feeding feeding at this time of year with fresh fruit offerings for insectivores. Blackcaps are now regular winter visitors to David's garden.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Caspian Gull

4CY Caspian Gull, Cottenham Long Drove, 7th January 2008, © Dick Newell
This is a better view of the bird seen on 2nd January.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Caspian Gull

4CY Caspian Gull, Cottenham, Long Drove, 2nd January 2008, © Dick Newell
This bird appears to be in adult plumage, but I did not see an open wing. The bill colour is typical of 3rd winters.

Caspian Gull

3CY Caspian Gull, Long Drove, Cottenham, 2nd January 2008, © Dick Newell
Although I didn't get a decent picture of its head, the head and bill-shape were the give-aways here. The unpatterned greater coverts give another clue. This bird seems to have no 3rd generation feathers, but I am fairly sure it is a 2nd winter (3CY). Such birds are illustrated in the O&L gull book, but this plumage is more common in Herring Gulls, so it is always possible we have a mixture here. Also, it lacks the usual gleaming white head, though it does show the characteristic shadow-line across the nape. The adult bird immediately beyond it is a Yellow-legged Gull (RGN).